There’s No World Like It: Global Climate Change in the Defence & Security Context

Notre Seule Planète: Changement Climatique Mondial, Défense et Sécurité

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Authors
  1. Chapman, D.M.F.
  2. Osler, J.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
There is now little doubt that there is a long-term trend in global climate, driven by an overall warming of atmosphere and oceans. Leaving causes aside, climate change will have significant consequences for Canadians, including aspects of Defence and Security: (1) altered geopolitical factors involving food, water, health, habitat, and trade routes that often underlie international conflict and which in part shape Canadian defence strategy (e.g., a navigable Northwest Passage); (2) increasing frequency and intensity of both domestic and international humanitarian and disaster relief missions for the Canadian Forces (e.g., Red River floods, Hurricane Katrina); and (3) direct impact on Canadian Forces operations in all environments: land, sea, and air (e.g., seakeeping of ships, airworthiness of aircraft, engineering of harbours and berths to withstand energetic storms). To effectively plan responses to these changes, long-term forecasting tools will be needed and adaptation technologies need to be investigated and/or developed.

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Keywords
climate change, warming, defence, security, conflict, international, Northwest P
Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-SL-2008-039 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
18 Apr 2008
Number of Pages
13
DSTKIM No
CA030712
CANDIS No
529341
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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